More Car Games

I have been thinking since the last post of all the additional ways we keep the kids engaged on roadtrips.  Here are a few more ideas.

  • Collect as You Go – Bring an extra backpack to let children collect ticket stubs, receipts, brochures, maps and souvenirs as you go.  This can be a treasure trove of supplies for scrapbooking or other art projects after the trip.
  • Pick up Brochures – I know I mentioned brochures but they deserve their own bullet point.  This is especially true if you stop at a hotel lobby or rest stop that has a wall of brochures.  Encourage your children to take a copy of all that look appealing.  These can provide a few hours of quiet reading and conversation.  They might also spark a detour to a local museum or bakery (Mr. Sticky’s in Williamsport PA on our last trip).
  • Have a Navigator – I know most cars have an electronic navigator but there are good life skills in teaching your older child to read and follow a map and calculate mileage, distances and times for travel.
  • Bring a Child-Friendly Digital Camera – A camera or video camera that you allow your children to use can do wonders for long car trips.  Let them take 100s of pictures then print a few of their favorites to document.  We have a few creative videos my then bored 9 year old took from the back seat of the mini-van that are priceless. 
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